In the thrilling new novel by the New York Times bestselling author of An Incomplete Revenge, Maisie Dobbs must catch a madman before he commits murder on an unimaginable scale It's Christmas Eve 1931. On the way to see a client, Maisie Dobbs witnesses a man commit suicide on a busy London street. The following day, the prime minister's office receives a letter threatening a massive loss of life if certain demands are not met-and the writer mentions Maisie by name. After being questioned and cleared by Detective Chief Superintendent Robert MacFarlane of Scotland Yard's elite Special Branch, she is drawn into MacFarlane's personal fiefdom as a special adviser on the case. Meanwhile, Billy Beale, Maisie's trusted assistant, is once again facing tragedy as his wife, who has never recovered from the death of their young daughter, slips further into melancholia's abyss. Soon Maisie becomes involved in a race against time to find a man who proves he has the knowledge and will to inflict death and destruction on thousands of innocent people. And before this harrowing case is over, Maisie must navigate a darkness not encountered since she was a nurse in wards filled with shell-shocked men. In Among the Mad, Jacqueline Winspear combines a heart-stopping story with a rich evocation of a fascinating period to create her most compelling and satisfying novel yet.
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by Jacqueline Winspear
"Winspear's latest Maisie Dobbs mystery is delightfully narrated by Orlagh Cassidy, who has done several others in this series. Not only does she navigate nimbly through conversations featuring various British accents, but she also is skilled at capturing personalities through speech. Maisie, the self-employed private investigator, is smart, self-confident, and a little headstrong, and here she knocks heads with Scotland Yard inspectors over a threat of mass murder. This is 1931-32, and the horrors of WWI are still haunting those who fought. Between suspenseful episodes, Cassidy invests scenes like cooking a simple dinner with an almost- sensuous domesticity. Just when you think things are wrapping up, Winspear cranks the plot one more time. J.B.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"
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